The look of your home is starting to bore you and you wish you could spruce it up a bit. The problem is money’s tight and home improvement jobs can be pricey. There are, however, a lot of relatively inexpensive ways to update your home to a more modern look without breaking the bank. Here are a few ideas.
The living room and dining area are spots prime for updating, and the easiest way to do it is with your furniture. How are your lounges? Getting on a bit? Speak to a retailer like Super Amart Australia about getting a great deal on a couple of nice leather couches or a complete living room set. This lets you pull the room together with a matching set of sleek, modern furniture. The same goes for the dining room and, in the case of a table and chairs, you could even build them yourself if you’re handy enough.
Fewer and fewer houses these days use their phone line for actual phone calls. These days, it’s all about the internet. Installing wall ports in any room that may require internet access is an excellent way to modernise your home. Running your internet via the blue Ethernet cable is much faster and more reliable than over Wi-Fi and the whole family can use it without causing much slowdown.
We’re all carrying electronic devices with us these days: smartphones, tablets, iPods, laptops… and they all need charging, but there’s never a convenient spot to do it. Got an old set of drawers lying around? Install some divided storage in the upper drawers, add a power strip and drill a hole through the back of the cabinet to allow room for power cables. You’ve now got a drawer full of chargers ready to go at a moment’s notice!
Doors so often go overlooked when people start thinking about things to update in their homes. Take one of your boring old doors and swap it out for one that’s got a nicer design, or maybe even an antique one if you’re looking to bring some character into the place. You could even look at solid-core doors, which help block out sound much more effectively than hollow-core doors.
Your kitchen cabinetry is actually one of the easiest things in the world to update and it’s as simple as changing the handles and pulls. Get yourself some cool handles and replace the ones that came with the cupboards. It adds so much character and creates a really singular, eclectic vibe. You can pick them up really easily in any hardware store.
Basically, you don’t have to change a lot to create a lot of change. And you don’t have to spend a lot of money to do it either. In fact, being on a budget can be a positive influence; it forces you to be creative and make savvy choices, and those are the ones that are often the most memorable. What are your top tips for updating your home on a budget? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.